COMMENT

It is just as well there is a parliamentary recess next week.

It will give some much needed time-out for Speaker Trevor Mallard and the National Party.

Mallard's performance as Speaker this week has not done the Government any favours.

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He is seen as simply part of the Government and the Government is seen to be throwing out National MPs - leader Simon Bridges and Nick Smith - from Parliament.

It has been so bad, that if Ardern is casting around for a capable minister to add to her ranks for the June reshuffle, maybe she should consider bringing

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